Close your eyes and imagine that you’re back in a time before wifi. (Oh, wait. If you close your eyes, you won’t be able to read this interview. Damn.) I was going to try to set the scene for you, to paint the image of what the world was like when I first started writing smut.
Basically, in the pre-internet days of my youth, there were not a lot of choices as far as erotic titles. I devoured The Story of O, The Pearl, the Beauty Books, Justine, Anais Nin… and then I found Blue Moon’s interesting collection of edgy titles and read every one that Tower Records had in stock.
When I finally picked up a Bic and took a stab, I never thought of what I wrote as BDSM or kinky. I simply wrote what turned me on. Can I help that I’m a kinky motherfucker?
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
I hate to sound like a total sub (ha), but my characters call the shots. Last year, I wrote a story called The Perfect Girl for Harlequin. (This story is up for free on Harlequin’s web site: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1620&chapter=1)
In that novella, the main character had never done anything kinky before. But her new lover had his heart (and hand) set on spanking her. This fairly mild fetish became the focal point of the story, made new and fresh to me because the heroine was such a neophyte.
In other work, I’ve entered the dungeons, picked up the floggers, toyed with the handcuff keys, whispered a safeword—all based on how dark, deviant, or dangerous my characters wanted to be.